The Woods


David Mamet

Published by Samuel French Inc

1 Male 1 Female

Ruth and Nick are two young lovers who spend a night in a cabin in the woods. During the play a whole anatomy of the relations of men and women in love is laid out. Both are euphoric, but love takes them different ways

The sense of being loved turns her outward; she talks nonstop about many different things surrounding them, but Nick does not seem to care; all he sees is Ruth and he takes her inside to make love

Later, practically all is destroyed between them. He turns fretful, fearful; after desire is appeased she becomes the thinnest wisp against a threatening world to him

Her efforts to maintain their kingdom disintegrate as he turns in on himself. The closeness between them conceals an immense distance; they have a violent quarrel and she prepares to leave

Suddenly they cling to each other without joy or hope, simply from need

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